School of Allied Health Professions

Department of Physical Therapy


Noelle G. Moreau, Ph.D., P.T.

Phone: (504) 568-4291
Curriulum Vitae

Noelle Moreau, PT, PhD is a full Professor at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Dr. Moreau's research focuses on the investigation of the neuromuscular mechanisms underlying abnormal muscle function and movement impairments in children with cerebral palsy, using techniques such as ultrasound imaging, dynamometry, and electromyography. Dr. Moreau received her doctoral training in biomechanics with a minor in biostatistics at Louisiana State University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in movement sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Moreau's research has been funded through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Thrasher Research Fund, Pedal-with-Pete Foundation, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and the Section on Pediatrics of the APTA. She is currently the principal investigator of two, multi-site R01 clinical trials funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Dr. Moreau has published over 25 peer-reviewed manuscripts in high impact journals in her field. The overarching goal of Dr. Moreau's research is the development of effective rehabilitation strategies to address neuromuscular impairments and improve activity, participation, and quality of life.

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The School of Allied Health has 3 dedicated research laboratories in the Department of Physical Therapy totaling 879 square feet, in addition to an outpatient physical therapy clinic space of 2,097 square feet that is used for combined research and clinical practice. All facilities are located on the 7th floor of the School of Allied Health building. Dr. Moreau utilizes the 3 laboratories and clinic space for her on-going research studies.

Human Performance Laboratory:  A full battery of muscle performance measurements, such as muscle strength and power, are tested in isometric, isotonic, passive, and isokinetic modes using a Biodex Pro System 4 dynamometer. In addition, muscle activity is recorded from 16 muscles simultaneously using a 16-channel EMG system (Motion Lab Systems), enabling real-time display of muscle activity. A customized treadmill (Woodway), motion capture systems (Vicon Motion Analysis and Sports Motion Video Analysis Systems), and force plate (AMTI Accugait Force Platform System) are available for running and gait analysis.

Muscle Performance Laboratory: An instrumented Total Gym GTS leg press is used to calculate peak and average muscle power during the performance of loaded power leg press test.

Research laboratory 1: A dedicated ultrasound machine (GE Logiq e) is utilized for research purposes, in order to measure in vivo muscle architecture, such as cross-sectional area, muscle thickness, fascicle angles, and fascicle lengths.